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Grateful Dead Live at Winterland Arena on 1971-05-29

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Grateful Dead Live at Winterland Arena on 1971-05-29

Topics Live concert

Casey Jones, Me And Bobby McGee, It Hurts Me Too, Promised Land, Loser, Playin' In The Band, Hard To Handle, Me & My Uncle, Truckin'-> Drums-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat, Sing Me Back Home, Cumberland Blues, Sugar Magnolia, Deal, Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Winterland Arena
Location San Francisco, CA

Source Audience
Lineage AUD > M? > Cass > CD > EAC > SHN
Taped by
Transferred by Jim Powell, Steve Fukawa, Steve Bruzzi and Marc Pujol


--Both sources used for this SHN set are believed to be first generation cassettes from an unknown master. Source 1 provides most of the show in decent sound, though it is not among the better audience recordings of the era. Source 2 provides Me & My Uncle through Wharf Rat (missing from source 1) in noticeably more muffled quality.

--first performance of Promised Land

--Me & My Uncle is usually considered as missing from recordings of this date. Placed at the end of the show on source 2, this version does not match the 5-30-71 date and shares the ambience of the rest of the show. The confusion is probably sourced from this song not fitting on the first 45 minute tape side.

--Sound Forge was used for normalization, pitch corrections, and other minor edits

Thanks to:
--Jim Powell for providing both sources
--Source 1 is from Steve Fukawa
--Source 2 is from Steve Bruzzi
--DAT>CD transfer of source 2 by Marc Pujol


Reviewer: msurrealistic - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 1, 2015
Subject: Still mislabled and misdated, after all these years!
With all props to the other cat who reviewed this show with his personal anecdotes as to pre-concert activities the actual date on this show is May 28, not 29th. And what passes for the "first set" is actually the first from 5-30. The second set, is indeed, the second set of the "acid dosing" concert (two sips were all one needed, but the guy standing next to me drank down the whole rest of my cup!). The New Riders played their pre-GD set without Garcia, who according to wags, was sick on Friday (the 28th), which occasioned why they canceled on the 29th and came back the 30th (Sunday). They definitely did NOT play "Casey Jones" on the first night. They premiered Bertha, Playing in the Band, and Wharf Rat, which most of us City folks had not yet heard. This is one primary reason I distrust "set list makers" because my memory of the occasion is so different than what's been presented for so many years as "accurate information." Perhaps this information was deliberately obscured by persons unknown within the GD organization, in order to haze their own culpability in the "electric bug juice" affair, but, honestly people, you just don't forget things like the details of your first Dead concert, no matter how trippy it might have gotten. So take these two nights and switch their first sets around and you have a more accurate picture of how it went down. Tickets for that weekend were only 2 bucks. You can't beat that.
Reviewer: weironamissionfrombob - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 8, 2013
Subject: to download
If you still have not figured a way to down load these, right click on the blue links that say vbr mp3, and click save as, pick a folder or a place you know you can find them and you'll be on your way. Other good auds to DL 8-6-71, 6-9-77, 6-10-76, 6-22-73 to name a few...

the sbd of this show is now available thanks to C.Miller (2nd set)
Reviewer: shawn a - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 28, 2011
Subject: 5-29-71
I had started recording the Dead and a lot of other shows in SF in 1969. I had no money so I listened to a show for a week, then used the same tape to record one of the next week's shows. I usually balanced the microphone on my head with no hands.
On May 29th 1971, I had met John McIntyre a few weeks before. My tape deck got popped going in, and I was told to take it back to my car. I waited outside the winterland stage entrance until McIntyre came, and asked him if I could get my tape deck in, since I had purchased a valid ticket. He hesitated for a second, and then said NO, he just couldn't do it! Bill Graham had just ejected someone from the stage door who was carrying a briefcase-perhaps it was Owsley, I don't know.
While waiting for McIntyre, a VW bus pulled up, and someone got out and took two green plastic garbage cans into the stage door--the guard was obviously waiting for them, and opened the door as soon as he saw the garbage cans being unloaded from the VW van.
I put my tape deck back into my own VW bus and went back to the Winterland entrance. However, I still had two bottles of San Miguel beer in my jacket. I got both of them in.
While waiting at stage right and wondering how I was ever going to find the friends I had come with, I heard someone say "excuse us, move aside please". I turned around and saw one of the green plastic garbage cans on a dolly being pushed by two people. The can was full of liquid. I immediately grabbed the rim of the can and helped push. After getting to stage right front with the can, I was handed a stack of 16 ounce cups, and told to fill them up, pass them out, and told to" tell everyone it's electric, take a small sip and pass it on" .I obeyed. The cups kept coming back throughout the whole concert, and all 35 gallons of the punch were almost gone when I thought I should fill one of the San Miguel bottles I had with me with some of the remaining punch. Which I did. A single 16 ounce cup overfilled my 12 ounce San Miguel bottle.
All one needed was 2-3 ounces of the punch in order to take a voyage. This was discovered by trial and error on subsequent days. Since that date, my two friends and I have celebrated 5-29-71, and wondered if we could ever find a recording of that night. However, since I'm an old fart, and pretty cyber-challenged, I can't figure out how to download the audio of this night.
Anyone want to give me a clue?
P.S.--I'm on dial-up (as befits an old fart)
Shawn A
Reviewer: Jdash72 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 25, 2010
Subject: Good vibrations
Found this show while I was on the prowl for a Hard to Handle that could top 1971-04-28. This one has all the right ingredients, and really has a fantastic groove.
Reviewer: BVD - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 15, 2010
Subject: Ancient History
Just because there was acid in the punch doesn't make this show one of the acid tests which by 71 were ancient history. The quintessential quintet were light yrs. away from the band that played at those historical events in the mid-60s. Personally I love 71 worth a listen not a DL
Reviewer: zapbro - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 15, 2010
Subject: VERY Wild Night
Saw this show with my good buddy, we drank the "refreshments" while the New Riders played, the cups kept getting passed out, take a sip, pass it on, repeat....It was alot of Acid. But great acid. Many strange and wonderful people/characters (pranksters?) in the lobby & show, walking around. A Profound Experience for me.
It was a great show, but the scene outside was definitely nuts.

I was amazed when I found this site and this show. I have looked for years to find anything I could about this show. I couldn't find too much other than a small article in the SF Chronicle of how the city was going shut down Winterland & Bill G.

I would like to meet the person(s) who recorded this and tell them thanks!
Reviewer: spinyn - favoritefavorite - July 18, 2008
Subject: Wild night...
I believe this was the night much of the crowd got dosed. Not a good scene outside when the show ended and many unprepared people tried to navigate their way home in an altered state...
Reviewer: Concept420 - favorite - March 7, 2005
Subject: Last Ever Acid Test?
Okay- just gave the show a listen. Quality is not very good... intresting show though
Reviewer: Forever Grateful - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 6, 2005
Subject: The last acid test
I believe that this was the last ever acid test- on DeadBase the following appears in the comments section: 'first "Promised" - Acid Punch Show - $2 Show - also: NRPS; R.J. Fox; James & The Good Bros."

Enjoy boys and girls- i am yet to listen so please disregard my star rating...
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